Here are some print design pieces I have created for Jenny Bedard Photography. She is an excellent photographer and in exchange for design work, my husband and I got a photography session! I just love her work!
All in all, I designed a business card, mini moo card, reception card and tightened up her lovely existing logo as well.
Here is a sampling of photographs Jenny Bedard took of Grant and I in return.
For this assignment, we were asked to create a portrait illustration of a 1960’s person and an object that goes with the person in some way. I chose Rachel Carson. She was a biologist who wrote about DDT and its affect on wildlife in her book “Silent Spring”. My first attempt combined both the object and a portrait of her (left) and in my second attempt (right two) I created little “icons” that could work in a website or as a favicon. All were created using Illustrator.
Since it is summer and class is out, I’ve been itching to do some graphic design. A good college friend of mine, Megan Greulich, contacted me about helping her set up a domain name and WordPress site for a fundraising project she had in mind. Since all the proceeds of her project go straight to the cause, and she was putting her own money into the website, I thought it was the perfect time to donate some design.
Charity Kroeker, Megan’s co-worker and founder of the idea, came across AFRIpads after visiting a town in Kenya. She noticed that girls were not attending school, or even in some cases dropping out, simply because they did not have adequate feminine products. In order to make a direct difference in the town she visited, she started PADS. – Perfect Attendance Dignity Squad – to raise money for the 1,315 female students to have the feminine products they need for a whole year. All the raised donations will go straight to the town through AFRIpads.
Under a very tight deadline, I worked on three posters, cleaned up the logo and put together the graphics for the WordPress site.
Take a look! And donate! It only takes $6.50 to help 1 Kenyan girl for a full year!
Have a good summer!
Just yesterday, I purchased a screen capture software – iShowU HD – for my Graphic Design and Digital Photography classes next year. I have created two YouTube videos that will be used for students to follow if they are absent or need a refresher on the project or tools. I’m enjoying it so far! More videos to come as the summer continues 🙂 .
– Shalanah Backus
I came across this site while I was designing my Commercial Art Course (soon to be called Graphic Design). Great projects for Photoshop and Illustrator. I have yet to try out the “Smiley Face” project, but I might have some of my advanced students try it. Below are two examples from this project. Cool huh?
Mr. Moriarty’s Computer Graphic Page
Smiley Face Illustrator Project
– Shalanah Backus
Commercial Art is perhaps my favorite class to teach. Students learn about Photoshop, design and Illustrator. It could not be more fun. I also was blessed in having a great group of students, who became huge fans of the computer programs we were using. It was one of their birthdays and another classmate created this AWESOME cake with “Ctrl – Z” on it. It is the “undo” button on Photoshop, Illustrator and many other programs. Love it.
Graphic design and commercial art are some of my favorite subjects to teach and mediums to work in. Take a look at some of the artwork my students are creating! The gallery is up and running! More work will appear as the trimester continues so check back again!
I’m happy to announce that I’ve created a website for my Commercial Art class at Waconia High School. This is the first year I’m trying to go all online with the class projects, galleries and calendar. Check it out! It is being updated weekly and sometime this week I’ll be putting up student work galleries!
I had the pleasure of creating Dr. Wayne Roosa’s artist/art historian website. His website reflects these dual hats of artist and art historian including books, publications and art essays, as well as, images and statements about his art. I am also definitely a proud owner of one of his “Idea of Order” (specifically No. XI) prints. Check it out!
Ben Karnes, Waconia High School’s police officer, approached me one day about a design for his nonprofit S.A.F.E.R started with Mario Cortolezzis. They created the nonprofit out of the need for finding loved ones – children and adults – with special needs. In the case of these loved ones wandering off, S.A.F.E.R provides wrist/ankle bands that can be tracked. They give peace of mind and also provide classes for general safety. They have been featured in Minnesota news several times and are expanding the S.A.F.E.R program community by community.
My Commercial Art students tried out some designs near the end of the trimester, but didn’t nearly have enough time to create a finalized logo. So in lieu of time, I decided to try a couple logos out myself and see if one stuck. Ben suggested having a logo with a heart of some sort, and I added in the radiating beams to signify their search and find process using radio frequencies and radio towers. I was proud to have been a part of the process and to have worked for such a great cause.